Staying on Task While Working from Home
Working from home can be difficult at times, especially when it comes to keeping your productivity up. The key to working from home is making it feel as much like your actual workspace as possible. If you feel like you are back at the office, you will work like you are at the office and act as if you are still surrounded by your work colleagues.
Get a Routine. Having a routine is beneficial to everyone, whether working from home or back in the office. It is extremely important to keep a routine that is like the one you had while working from the office. Wake up and get after it! Shower and get dressed as if you were going in to work or to meet with a client. If you do these things, it will make you feel more prepared and confident to take on the day.
Take Breaks. Make sure to designate time for your breaks. Taking a break may sound counterintuitive but taking a little break can help you gain energy and focus for when you step back to your workspace. On these breaks make sure to use them as breaks, and not a time to do things around the house that you could not do from your original designated work area. If you use your breaks to clean the house or do laundry, it won’t feel like you had a break and it will be harder to ramp up your productivity when you get back to your work area.
Cut Distractions. When you take those breaks, that is your time to enjoy those distractions that you have been urging yourself not to do during your work time. Distractions are the hardest part to overcome when working from home because your home environment is less structured than your work office. So, how do we stay away from them? Make sure to stick to the work routine that you had prior to working from home and make it feel as close to the office as possible. Use those breaks to access those distractions. When you go back to your designated work area, keep your cell an arm reach away from you. This will make it less accessible to grab for distractions, but close enough for you to be able to stand and reach in case you get a work notification.
Working from home can be tough, especially with all the distractions around us. You will want to make sure to lock in a solid work routine. Wake up at the same time as usual, get ready, and prepped for the day as you would when heading to the office. Take your breaks to get away from work, and lastly, stay away from distractions as much as possible. Act like you are in the office. When you are in the office you are not making unnecessary phone calls or scrolling through Facebook, so do not let it happen while working from home. Set the phone far enough away where it will not be a problem, but close enough where it can be accessible for work purposes.